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KOPERNIKUS, N., De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, libri VI. Nürnberg, J. Petreius, 1543. 4°. Mit zahlr. astronomischen Holzschnitt-Figuren und Tabellen im Text. 6 nn., 196 num. Bl. Ldr. um 1850.

220.000,- €

Erste Ausgabe. – VD 16 K 2099. IA 144.356. STC 221. Adams C 2602. Baranowski 3. Dibner 3. Sparrow 40. Houzeau/Lancaster I, 2503. PMM 70: „The publication of ‘On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres’ in 1543 was a landmark in human thought. It challenged the authority of antiquity and set the course for the modern world by its effective destruction of the anthropocentric view of the universe. We owe this book, which was more or less completed as early as 1530, to Georg Joachim Rheticus of Wittenberg, who persuaded Copernicus to allow him to publish it; for until 1540 the author himself had permitted only preliminary statements to circulate in manuscript. He died on the eve of its publication.“ – Ohne das Erratablatt, das nur einer kleinen Zahl von Exemplaren beigegeben ist. – Entspricht keinem der von Owen Gingerich in seinem „Annotated Census of Copernicus’ De revolutionibus“ beschriebenen Exemplare und ist nicht in der Lost-Art-Datenbank aufgeführt [Stand Januar 2020].

 

First edition. – Without errata leaf which was only added to a few copies. – Does not correspond to any of the copies listed in Owen Gingerich’s „Annotated Census of Copernicus’ De revolutionibus“ or the lost-art-database (as of January 2020). – Calf around 1850 (some scratching).

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